Judging criteria

1. The extent to which the community group or organisation is seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community in the areas of charity, health, sport, education or the arts.

2. The extent to which the community group or organisation can maximise benefits to their local community with the Jetstar Flying Start grant (i.e. the extent to which they have a tangible project or activity in mind to utilise the grant).

3. The extent to which the project or activity will celebrate and highlight the work of the community group or organisation and help boost the profile and strength of the group for the future within twelve months of the grant being awarded.

Flying Start Stories

Grant #24 - Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots Charitable Trust engages and empowers older people and people living with dementia through the creative arts. As part of the organisation’s Make Moments programme, trained and passionate arts educators deliver art tours and art-making workshops at local arts venues. It’s been Connect The Dots’ vision to expand this Auckland-only offering nationwide, and with the help of the Flying Start grant their dream has become a reality.

The grant will enable Connect The Dots to hire more professional artists to mentor participants from around the country and host an exhibition to showcase their work later this year, with both outcomes aiding in the Trust’s mission to reduce stigma and social isolation and show what people living with dementia have to offer.

Meet The Panel

Shelley Musk

Head of New Zealand

Joining Jetstar as Head of New Zealand in July 2018, Shelley Musk has been part of the broader Qantas Group for the last seven years as Head of Jetconnect, based in Auckland. With 27 years in the aviation industry, Shelley brings a wealth of experience of airline operations to her role.

Phil Boeyen

Communications Manager, New Zealand

In his permanent role as Corporate Communications Manager for Jetstar in New Zealand, Phil understands which brands and organisations align well to Jetstar.

Tony Macdonald

Senior Manager Flying Operations

Tony has been with Jetstar since 2009 and in his role as Senior Manager Flying Operations, Tony understands how Jetstar can best help get our grant recipients to their destinations.

Melissa Jack

The Best Nest

Melissa is the Mum behind The Best Nest, one of New Zealand’s most loved family and lifestyle blogs. Living in Auckland with her American husband Dave and their two sons, Melissa has championed the 'Mummy Blogger’ genre in NZ.


Alternatively, you can submit your entry form by downloading, printing out and posting into Jetstar at PO Box 14081, Christchurch 8544.


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